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Metal garden furniture: how to choose and clean it

Just like in the home, there are trends for garden furniture too. If you are seeking out comfortable, affordable and stylish garden furniture then the first thing to do is read our guide to metal garden furniture.

Trends for the Coming Year

If there is one word that sums up trends in garden furniture for the coming summer season it is this: bold.

Bold in colour and in shape, opt for garden furniture that makes a statement. And rather than just thinking dining sets, consider adding a slouchy day bed to the garden or an informal, yet stylish hammock.

Garden Bistro Set

Top of the list is a quaint and bijou garden bistro set. Perfect for keeping on the patio or close by the house, a bistro set is ideal for summer morning breakfasts and brunches.

outdoor Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Set in Blue

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By nature, they are slimline and compact, a form of informal al fresco dining. Choose from a two-seater set or a four-seater dining set.


The garden can be awash with colour and that’s no bad thing. Pretty blooms, their colourful heads bobbing in the summer breeze is the perfect backdrop for the al fresco small round table and chairs.

In terms of colour for metal furniture, you may want to consider your choice carefully…

  • Stand our colours – if you want your garden set to stand out, choose white or even this clay coloured garden bistro set. Surrounded by colour, especially green, lighter coloured garden furniture can really stand out.
  • Meld into the garden – if you don’t want ‘stand out’ colours, opt for colours that blend or complement the green of the garden. Darker colours work well, with black being a favourite.

Convenience, versatility and ease of storage

It sounds a great idea having an al fresco dining set, perfect for all the family. Great for entertaining, there is no denying that well-chosen and stylish garden furniture is ideal.

But, it comes at a price – space. No matter how big or small your garden, then is no denying that at times, garden furniture gets in the way. Also, when the colder months of winter come around, protecting garden sets and furniture from the weather and sub-zero temperatures can prove problematic.

Zinc Top Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box for furniture storage

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Not with metal garden furniture. All our metal garden bistro sets are lightweight, ideal as they are prime examples of the versatility that is folding furniture, allowing you to put them in an outdoor storage box of some sort. When not in use, fold away and either store in the garden, the garden shed, the garage, the garden storage box or pop it in the boot of the car to enjoy a picnic on your next day out.

Add Style

As well as furniture, there are also all kinds of accessories you can add to your garden to give it an extra zing of style.

Aldsworth Small Wooden Shelf Ladder

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Create a pretty dining area al fresco with sweet-scented climbing plants, as well as potted plants adorning a wooden shelving ladder. Leant against a wall, it can be used to show off tea lights as well as a place to store other outdoor items and equipment.

Keeping Metal Furniture in Great Shape

Storing through the winter months ensures that the weather doesn’t corrode or damage your metal furniture. Maintenance is simple and straightforward – all you need is a few spare minutes and a bucket of warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.

Wash the chairs of debris and grime and leave to dry in the sun… they really need nothing more.

Small garden, no problem! How to party in a small space

With the Bank Holiday coming up, get your garden ready for an early summer party. If you have a small garden, there is no need to worry! These ideas will get your garden party ready in no time.

A bar table is a great option for a garden of any size, as it is really the only piece of furniture you need and will serve as the hub of your garden parties. The table is perfect for entertaining all your guests whilst you all have drinks. The galvanised trough in the centre can be filled with ice and will keep your favourite summer drinks cold all evening.

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler in Reclaimed Teak

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Alternatively, if you are really short of space, a bar set looks fantastic. This way you and your guests can chat outside and just need to move inside to eat dinner. A couple of bar stools placed around the table is great for both parties and chilled summer evenings when you just want to sit outside with a drink.

 garden set St Mawes Reclaimed Wood Round Bar Table Set

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When it comes to food, a BBQ is normally the way to go as soon as the weather is warmer. But why not go for a Mediterranean inspired menu. Colourful skewers look great and are easy to pair with anything you like.  

Your party doesn't need to be completely outdoors. Open the door to the garden so the space will be maximised by having the dining area and the garden for entertaining. If its a colder evening, or you are having a more formal dinner inside, its nice for guests to have a space to flow into outside for before or after dinner with a glass of wine. If you have a smaller open plan kitchen diner, its also easier to keep your guests entertained outside whilst you finish off the food.

This works fantastically if you have a garden sofa for a cozy night with some throws. Drape them over the ends of the sofa and stock up on plump cushions for a comfortable and welcoming space to chill. To maximise the effect, add tea light holders or hang lanterns for a summer evening haven.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Sofa

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To find the perfect garden furniture for your outside space, take a look at the Modish Living website or get in touch with our team. 

All you need to make your small garden look fabulous

Your garden often becomes the hub of spring and summer entertaining. But sometimes the task of getting it summer ready can seem a little daunting, especially if you are limited for space. Here are a few of our top tips for creating the perfect summer spot with plenty of character. 

The best place to start is with a garden set. This is a great way to create a focal point with your design and often inspiration for the rest of your space will stem from this.

Charcoal Dean Street Garden Table and 2 Chairs in garden

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We suggest using vibrant colours for furniture to make a wonderful summer statement. Our table sets are made from powder coated steel and can be folded away for storing over the winter months so can be kept in pristine condition for next year. 

The Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Table Set in Blue is a fabulous option. The light blue finish looks stunning and will add a little bit of colour to any English country garden. Perfect for creating a spot for sunny weekend mornings to sit outside with a cup of coffee.

Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Set in Blue in small garden with flowers

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The tables are also available with four chairs, perfect for BBQs with friends or family. The Garden Bistro Set Table & 4 Chairs in Clay are a fantastic colour for any patio area surrounded by potted plants and colourful flowers. Accessorise with colourful cushions and accessories when using the tables to bring your space to life and create a gorgeous summer haven.

Outdoor metal Garden Bistro Set Table & 4 Chairs in Clay

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When using colour, try to make them pop. If you have brick walls in your garden, you could painting them with fresh white to create a more open space with a pretty boutique feel. The white will also make potted plants stand out and the green look beautifully vibrant.

Another great addition to any garden is a shelf ladder. These have been popular in interior design for a number of years but are now making their way into the garden, and they are truly stunning. A rustic shelving unit like the Small Wooden Aldsworth Pot Ladder is perfect for adding character and charm as well as providing additional storage. If you want to create a low maintenance garden or don't have any grass, these are also a great option for popping a few little pots. Alternatively, decorate in the summer, wrap in fairy lights for a magical finish.

Small Wooden Aldsworth Pot Ladder for plants

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Finally, amp up the glamour with extravagant statues and lanterns for a romantic space you'll look forward to entertaining in. 

To find the perfect furniture for your garden, take a look at the collection of garden furniture on the Modish Living website or get in touch with one of our team members for more information.